Mar 23, 2018  
2018-19 University Bulletin 
2018-19 University Bulletin

Art and Design Education, B.F.A.

NY State Program Code: 23163
HEGIS Code: 0831.00

(28 education credits; 57 art and art history credits)

Cindy Maguire, Director
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The BFA in Art and Design Education prepares students to be innovative, dynamic, teaching-artists for diverse learners across a range of educational settings. Our graduates are working in:

  • Pre-K through 12 public, private and charter schools
  • Museum education programs
  • Community-based organizations
  • Other entrepreneurial endeavors

We view teaching art & design as a creative process fostered by intensive studio preparation. Students engage in multiple ways of making, presenting, interpreting and teaching art & design as well as how to collaborate across a variety of disciplines and communities in the process. Key components of our program include:

  • Contemporary art and design
  • Technology including STEAM, animation, game design and other time-based media
  • Advocating for the arts in a global and culturally diverse world

The students in our program receive individualized attention from initial advisement through completion of their BFA in Art and Design Education. They also have access to high quality fieldwork placements, and the support of a engaged alumni network.

The program has a growing list of partners and projects in Long Island, New York City as well as internationally and our students are active participants through their creative and academic work. Guest speakers  in the arts provide additional professional opportunities and experiences.

The degree requirements are consistent with NAEA and NCATE standards as well as the New York State Education Department requirements, and establish Adelphi University as a leading national undergraduate program in Art and Design Education.

Upon graduation students are eligible for a pre-K – 12 NY State Visual Arts Education credential.


Students in the Art and Design Education program come with a range of personal interests including studio art, design, animation, museum education and are interested in working in schools as well as community-based non-profit and for-profit educational settings regionally and internationally.

Certification requirements

All teacher certification candidates must successfully complete New York State Teacher Certification Examinations and Assessments. These include the ALST, EAS, and Visual Arts Content Specialty Test.

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In addition to the Art and Design Education requirements below, students must also complete the University’s General Education requirements. 

General Education

All students must satisfy the University’s General Education requirements , in addition to the requirements for the major. Students completing the B.A. degree in the College of Arts and Sciences must also satisfy the University’s foreign language requirement. There is no University requirement for a foreign language for the B.A. degree awarded by other schools of the University or for other bachelor’s degrees such as the B.S. or B.F.A.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in Art and Design Education

Required GPA: 2.75/overall 3.0 in Art Education major
Credits Required for Major: 85
Credits Required to Graduate: 120


*Electives are chosen in consultation with the program director.


Semester Sequence

Degree: B.F.A.
Required GPA: 2.75/overall 3.0 in Art Education major
Credits Required for Major: 85
Credits Required to Graduate: 120

Course Credits Freshmen Sophomore Junior Senior
    Fall Spring Fall Spring Fall Spring Fall Spring
ART (0104) 105 Drawing I 3 ✓               
ART (0104) 101 Fundamentals of 2-D Design 3 ✓  or ✓             
ART (0104) 126 3D Design 3 ✓   or            
ART (0104) 190 Introductory Art Seminar 3 or            
ART (0104) 106 Drawing II 3              
ARH (0111) 196 Art & The World I 3              
EAR (0803) 203 Introduction to Art and Design Education 3              
ART (0104) 241 Introduction to Digital Imaging 3              
ART (0104) 275 Color: Theory & Practice 3     or ✓        
ART (0104) 117 Printmaking I 3              
ARH (0111) 197 Art & The World II 3              
EST (0836) 304 Community, School and Society 3              
EST (0836) 221 Child Development / PIA (0501) 115 Developmental Psychology
EST (0836) 222 Adolescent Development / PIA (0501) 116 Adolescent Psychology
3          ✓      
ARH (0111) 252 Modern Art 3         or  
EST (0836) 305 The Child with Special Needs 3              
EAR (0803) 410 Instruction and Assessment in the Visual Arts 3              
ECH (0807) 595 Childhood Literacies: Literature, Culture, and the Arts
EDO (0809) 595 Youth Literacies: Literature, Culture, and the Arts
ART (0104) 499 Senior Portfolio 3              
HED (0834) 610 Health Promotion for Teachers 1              
EAR (0803) 540 Student Teaching in Art Education 6              
*Art History Elective  3      or or or
*Studio Art Electives  12  or  or or  or
Art History Elective or Studio Art Elective 3 or  or or  or

*Electives are chosen in consultation with the program director.